The First Friday Art Walk Oct 2 has an array of offerings with singing, poetry reading and humor along with art. All of the receptions are free and open to the public.
- Beltrami County Historical Society, in conjunction with Gallery North, presents, "School Days." Stop by on First Friday for refreshments and free admission to the exhibits. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Saturday and is located in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot at 130 Minnesota Ave. SW.
- Gallery North First Friday reception from 2-5 p.m. will welcome Tammy Kubiak and her lamp work glass beads made from recycled glass as Showcase Artist of the month. Member featured artists of the month are jewelry maker Kerri Dinkel, who works in a variety of media including glass beads and twisted wire, and oil painter Jeannine Brooks, who is known for her whimsical northern Minnesota scenes. Author of the month is Art Lee, who will read from his book, "Real Scandinavians Never Repeat Gossip - So Listen Carefully." Lee will read beginning at 2 p.m. Gallery North is located at 502 Third Street NW.
- Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W., will welcome painter Kay Schuver at the opening reception from 3-5 p.m. Schuver uses oil on canvas with knife and paint brush for her nature and wildlife pieces.
- While downtown, look at the window display of customer's work at Glazed and Amused, a Paint Your Own Pottery Studio where walk-in painters are always welcome. The store is open Wednesday-Sunday and hours are posted on the door at 311 Third St. N.W.
- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., will feature local photographer Michael Thomas Sunnarborg, who will greet visitors from 4-6 p.m. Sunnarborg will show selected photographs from his recent book, "Inspirations from the World," a limited set of framed and unframed prints and greeting cards.
- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., will welcome the public to meet artist Paula Lawler who will be at the 4-6 p.m. opening reception. Known for her work in glazing with acrylics and many layers of thin paint technique, her favorite subjects are buildings with an Old World image. If you hear music in the background from 5-5:30 p.m., it will be members of the cast from "Pirates of Penzance" performing a medley of songs from the upcoming collaboration between the Paul Bunyan Playhouse and Bemidji Community Theater. The Cabin is open seven days a week.
- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., will hold the opening reception from 3-5 p.m. for featured artist Terry Honstead, who works in oils, acrylics and watercolor for her landscapes, portraits, animals and abstracts. After the Art Walk, the monthly First Friday Wine Bar will be from 5-9 p.m.
- Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., will welcome artist Mary Lingen for October and November. Lingen will meet visitors during the 5-7 p.m. opening reception. She works with basic shapes and their relationships to each other in vibrant colors and layers. Also on display and available for purchase are Levandowski Pottery and fused and slumped glassware by MaryBeth Vaudrin and Beverlee Olson. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week.
- Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., will feature local writer and poet Marsh Muirhead at the opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Starting at 6 p.m., Muirhead will read from his collection of short stories, poems, fiction and non-fiction essays. He recently won the poetry prize at the Robert Frost Festival in Key West Florida and his work will be featured in "Modern Haiku" next year. While at the center, don't forget to check out the new inventory at Shop 426, all proceeds benefit BCAC programming and the artists of Shop 426. BCAC is free and open to the public every day but Sunday and Monday.
- Wild Rose Theater welcomes Suzi Rhae Ross' exhibit Giant Gems" to the Fleur De Lis Gallery. Ross' exhibit is of her new sculptural works. She will be there to discuss them during the 5:30 p.m. reception. Northwood's Folk Collective and Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective will host the First Friday Coffee House. Performer sign-up will begin at 6:30 p.m. and performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $2 for a single and $5 for a family.
Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. N.W., and the North Country Health Services Art Committee host for September-November Terry Honstead and her exhibit "Another Take," a collection of watercolor, acrylic and collage work, which reflect her impression of life and other happenings around her life in Bemidji. Her work is for sale, and a price list will be at the reception desk.
The Annual Carl O. Thompson Memorial Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4 in Thompson Recital Hall, Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex on the campus of Bemidji State University, Birchmont Drive and 14th Street. The concert will begin the 2009-10 BSU Department of Music concert series as it spotlights some of the performing groups. Erika Svanoe, assistant professor of clarinet and director of bands at BSU, will conduct the Wind Ensemble, a group which focuses on 20th century and contemporary wind and concert band pieces. Steve Konecne, professor of instrumental music, will direct Jazz Band 1, an auditioned group that tours regionally and performs for the "Jingle Jazz Concert," "Remember When," a tribute to the Big Band Era and the BSU Jazz Festival. Brad Logan, professor of music, will direct the Chamber Singers, an auditioned ensemble of 16 singers specializing in literature for small ensembles. The Bemidji Choir, founded by Carl O. Thompson, and now under the direction of Logan enjoys a national reputation and produces the annual Madrigal Dinner. In addition, two recipients of the Carl O. Thompson Scholarship will perform: Katherine Morrill, a senior pianist, and Jake Kaehne a senior vocal major. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and free for students and all proceeds are used to fund the $1,500 Thompson scholarships awarded to outstanding student musicians at BSU.
Local talent Julie Kaiser, Matt Goinz, Lee Faster and Chris Konecne will bring audiences along on "A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 and 10 and 3 p.,m. Oct. 11 at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W. This is a Long Lake Theater production. Tickets cost $18 for adults and $9 for children. Call the Paul Bunyan Theater at 751-7270 for details.
"Catch a Butterfly" is a watercolor class that will be offered by Gallery North at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. Each participant will paint a 16-by-20-inch watercolor painting of an abstract butterfly. For more information or to register, call Gallery North at 444-9813.
"Man on a Mission: the Search for Dru Sjodin," a presentation by Dick Roue of the Polk County Sheriff's Department, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, Lengby City Hall. Roue will talk about the search techniques associated with this case and prevention techniques to avoid getting into potentially dangerous situations. Younger people are encouraged to attend, as well as retirees. The program is sponsored by Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning. Lengby City Hall may be reached by driving west from Bemidji on U.S. Highway 2 and south on Polk County Road 4 for one mile. This program is free and open to the public.
Ruth Pearson is 93 years old and has collected salt and pepper sets since she was 12. Her impressive collection of more than 150 shaker sets in silver, crystal, glass and plastic are on display at the Blackduck History Center for October. A reception in her honor will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10. The center is located in downtown Blackduck.
Tickets are on sale now for BSU's 41st Annual Madrigal Dinner, which will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12 and at 5 p.m. Dec. 6. Founded by Paul Branvik, professor emeritus of vocal music, this traditional holiday fete is now celebrated by many groups across the country. Brandvik created the idea of Madrigal Dinners and wrote the book on how to produce them. The Beau Arts Ballroom of Hobson Memorial Hall will be transformed into a Renaissance feast at an English castle. The King and Queen will host a five course dinner for the royal court while minstrels, trouvères, cellar keepers, beggars and members of the royal kingdom perform. The concert by the Royal Court will usher in the yuletide season. Tickets are $35 each and must be purchased in advance by mail or in person at the Madrigal Dinner box office beginning Oct. 5. For box office hours, call 755-3406. Mail orders may be sent to Madrigal Dinner Tickets, Department of Music, 1500 Birchmont Drive NE, 16, Bemidji, MN 56601. Vegetarian meals are also available and need to be pre-ordered.
- Auditions for "Seussical the Musical" are planned for students in grades three through college age. Actors need to have a memorized song and one memorized poem or reading that will show their talent. Students may sign up for a 10-minute audition by emailing email@example.com or by calling 243-2685. A production of the Mask and Rose Theater, the play will be directed by Cate Belleveau and will be presented in early December. Audition times and dates are as follows: 7-8:45 p.m., today and 4-6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive N.
- Experimental painter, William M. Andrus, and his exhibition, "Colorful," are on display now at the Talley Gallery now through Thursday, Oct. 8. Andrus uses the "power of color to elicit a meditative dialogue" between himself and the viewer of his non-representative paintings which seek to evoke an emotional response to color and color placement. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and is located in Room 212, Education Arts Building, Birchmont Drive on the campus of Bemidji State University.
- Lorie Line and her 20th Year Anniversary Show is coming to Bemidji at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12. "An Intimate Christmas with Lori Line" with her Fab Five (five of her favorite musicians) is a return to her roots with old favorites and memorable traditions from her earlier years. Cameras are a must as children 4 and older will be able to have a moment on stage with Santa. Tickets are on sale now at lorieline.com.
- Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W., has an ongoing display of new art work by Beverlee Olson, Jane Freeman, Judy Selby Pat Shough, Michael Thomas Sunnarborg and MaryBeth Vaudrin for viewing pleasure and sale. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is closed on Sunday
- Stop by the Tourist Information Center, 300 Bemidji Ave., by the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe, for a map and information on the pieces included in the Bemidji Sculpture Walk.
Mark your calendars now with these upcoming events:
- Lecture by William Andrus on his painting technique, 10 a.m. Thurs. Oct. 8.
- First City of the Arts Studio Cruise '09, Fri., Sat., Sun., Oct. 16-18
- J.S. Bach Multiharpsichord Fest, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, Bangsberg Recital Hall.
- "The Crucible," by Arthur Miller, a production of Bemidji State University, 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 23, 24, 30, 31 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1. Tickets available after Oct 12 at Bangberg Hall Box Office, $13 for adults, $6 students, senior citizens. This play is intended for high school age and above.
- Bemidji Symphony Orchestra concert with classical guitarist Petar Jankovic at 3 p.m., Sunday , Oct.11.
- "My Name is Rachel Corey," a one-woman show by Mikaela Karstens, 7 p.m., Oct. 23, 24 and 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 25, Mask and Rose Theater, Tickets go on sale Oct. 10, Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and at the door. $8/adults and $4/students.
- Gothenburg Combo, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, Thompson Recital Hall.
- "Pirates of Penzance," by Gilbert and Sullivan, Bemidji Community Theater and the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19-21 and 2 p.m. Nov.22.
- Street musicians 5-8 p.m. every Thursday night, downtown Bemidji.
- Pelican Railroad 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. every Wednesday at the Backyard BBQ, 119 Third St. N.W.
Announcements of arts and entertainment events may be sent to the Bemidji Pioneer, P.O. Box 455, Bemidji, MN 56619-0455 or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org